Library Information for Students
The purpose of this page is to provide the LIU Post students
with vital information about the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library.
We hope this will introduce you to
our library's collections, services. and departments. We invite you to
call us at 299-2305 or 2306 to set up a tour, a class or even a general
overview of what our library has to offer.
The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library has a comprehensive collection
of over 500,000 paper volumes, 130,000 ebooks, access to more than 49,000 periodicals,
and over 250 online databases, most of which include scholarly, peer-reviewed, and professional
journals, as well as over 300 online encyclopedias. Additional information
can be found on the library's website. At this part of the website you will also find information about:
How to Find Library Materials:
the catalog of Long
Island University libraries, is available on the web by following the link at
It is also linked from many places around the Library Website.
Please feel free to ask in the Reference Department for help in
using the Library catalog. You may also ask in Reference for a user guide to LIUCat
or view the web version on our website.
The online catalog itself also has help screens for doing a
basic search or
Circulating books are shelved on four open stack levels. The
entrance to the stacks is off the lobby
on the main floor of the Library (which also happens to be stack level 4). Our Library, as most academic libraries,
uses the Library of Congress Classsification system (a combination of letters
and numbers). Ask in Reference for the user guide to the LC system and
appropriate stack levels entitled: Finding Books: Navigating the Book Stacks or
view this user guide on our website.
There are also printed charts and guides throughout the Library to help
you determine which level your book is located on. Please bring a current
picture ID to obtain access to the stacks.
For example, a book with the call number PN1993.M45
is located on stack level 5. You will be on stack level 4 when you enter
the book stacks. By taking a left and taking the first staircase up – you'll
get to level 5. For the two stack levels below, take the second door down.
But there's usually a student at the entrance to give you assistance.
Checking out a book
To check a book out, you need your school
ID. Bring this to the Circulation Desk to have this card activated as your
The library subscribes to over
49,000 newspapers, magazines, and journals
that are avaiable either online, on paper, or on microform.
The collection is particularly strong in education, psychology,
social/political science and literature.
Hardcopy and microform periodical
titles are shelved in closed stacks on the lower level
of the Library. To obtain an article from one of these, please
fill out this form or inquire at the Reference Desk.
Hardcopy periodicals do not circulate. You must use them in the Library.
All non-print media is located in the
Instructional Media Center on
the Lower Level of the Library.
- Library Hours:
The Library is generally open Monday-Thursday from 8am to 11pm;
Friday from 8am to 9pm; Saturday from 8am to 11pm; and Sunday from 12 noon to 11pm, but always
check for extended and reduced hours. Visit the Library's website for any
changes in Library hours.
- Borrowing Procedures:
Currently enrolled LIU students with updated, validated ID cards
(and alumni with alumni cards) have full borrowing privileges. The main
Circulation Desk for checking out books is located in the lobby near the
exit door. The Instructional
Media Center circulates its own materials. The normal borrowing period
for books is 28 days and you may renew for one more borrowing period. IMC
materials, other than films and videos, may be borrowed for 2 weeks. The
of our website has additional information on placing a hold, recalling a book,
overdue costs, etc.
- Reserve Collection:
Materials on reserve consist primarily of books and photocopied articles
that have been set aside at the request of faculty for the your use. Unless
otherwise indicated, the reserve status of an item automatically terminates
at the end of the semester. Books that are currently on reserve appear
in LIUCat with their reserve status indicated. Most reserve material can be found at the
main Circulation Desk. Some materials are placed on
electronic reserve so that you can access them from anywhere.
For additional information on these collections, see the Circulation section
of our website.
Copiers are available throughout the Library to photocopy books and print materials. Each copy costs 10 cents.
- Interlibrary Loan:
Interlibrary loan expands the range of publications available to the
LIU Post community. Students may request that publications not owned
by LIU Post be borrowed from other libraries on a local and national
level. For further information, check out the Interlibrary Loan
webpage where you can also fill out the appropriate forms.
Items that are available
at other LIU libraries may also be requested on Interlibrary Loan. If
these items are on the shelf at the other campus library, they might arrive
within the week. If not, it may be quite a bit longer. This service is more
appropriate for long term research, and it is possible that it may take
from 4-6 weeks to receive the requested items.
- Database Searching:
Free end-user searching is available to all currently
enrolled LIU students. The library provides access to many databases
that are listed on our website by subject,
title, or vendor.
Workstations to access these databases are located in all
public service departments of the Library.
- Remote Access:
Students are now able to search many of LIU's electronic databases from
home via remote access.
All students who are currently enrolled in classes
are encouraged to utilize our remote access capabilities. Remember,
if you're having difficulty please contact a librarian at (516) 299-2305
- Instruction in Database Searching:
Students can ask in the Reference Department
about individualized instruction in the use of the campus-wide databases
and the Library's catalog, LIUCat.
- Book a Librarian:
Students may come into the library and ask for assistance with our databases
any time they wish. Those who would like intensive one-on-one research assistance
and undivided attention can make an appointment with a librarian in advance by
filling out this form or
calling the Reference Office at x4138 or the Reference Desk at x2305.
- Bibliographic Instruction:
Various methods of instruction are available to students. Your professors
are encouraged to bring their classes to the library for sessions targeting
research methods and materials in specific disciplines. Some request classes
on using the Library catalog (LIUCat), the online databases, the Internet,
or on developing research strategies. Even if you've had a class and need
a refresher, come in to the Reference department and ask for help or call
Reference at x2305.
- General Tours:
We can arrange to give you a general tour of
the building and an overview of resources and services available in the
various library departments. This can also include the use of LIUCat. Just
call Reference at x2305 or stop by the Reference Desk.
- Internet Instruction:
The Reference Librarians will give introductory
sessions to students on an individual basis or in a small group setting
on using the Internet for research purposes. Please call the Reference
Department to arrange for this type of instruction at x2305.
How you can make the Library a better place
Student recommendations are welcomed in developing the Library collections
and services. Our aim is to support the curriculum and to anticipate faculty
and student needs, so if we don't have what you need, let us know and we'll
try to order it for you.
- Collection Development:
for materials to be purchased by the Library should be made to the
Technical Services Department (x2835) or to the
Reference Department (x2305).
(Also see our Collection Policy Statement)
- Exhibits and Lecture Series:
sponsors and mounts exhibits in the Library lobby
on a regular basis throughout
the year. We welcome your suggestions and feedback. This link also has
additional information about past library exhibits.
- Gifts to the Library:
The Technical Services
Department of the Library welcomes donations of books, periodicals, recordings,
and other types of materials. Those items that cannot be used may be sold.
- What Else?
We are interested in what you think about us.
Let us know. Did you find the materials you needed? If not, please tell
us. Did you get the proper help you asked for? If not, why not? Talk to
us. Is there more that we could be doing to serve you better? How? We want to
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